Storing Food in the Freezer
We checked with the USDA and asked their suggestions on how to properly store food in the freezer, and these are some of their suggestions. When freezing meat here are some interesting and helpful suggestions.
- For beef and poultry keep them in, if possible their original packaging.
- If packaging is open, wrap meat or poultry in plastic wrap.
- Place wrapped items, or original packages in a freezer bag. Place in freezer.
- Below are some guidelines for items for suggested freezer max times.
Ground Beef - up to 4 months
Roasts and Loins - up to 6 months
Cold Cuts and Hotdogs - up to 2 months
Poultry - up to 6 months
Use black permanent marker and write the date you place the meat in the freezer, when placing new meat in the freezer place it in the back, and the older stuff to the front. This is so you cycle your meat properly.